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BPS E-News, August 2013
Learn about the new Solar Forward campaign at the SE Sunday Parkways on August 25 and the SW Sunday Parkways on September 29. At the SE Sunday Parkways event, Solar Forward will be a feature of the solar “Green Spot”.
The City of Portland's Solar Forward pilot is raising $50,000 to kickstart more solar installations on community buildings. The first solar panel installation will happen at Portland Parks & Recreation’s Southwest Community Center, scheduled to be completed in October 2013. With help from community solar supporters, Solar Forward will be able to finance the installation of a second system elsewhere in Portland.
A tax-deductible contribution of any amount will help build the fund. Supporters who give $500 or more can elect to receive full refund of the principal amount. In return, all of the contributors receive permanent recognition and the feel-good benefit of paying it forward.
“Like a community garden for people without backyards, community solar allows Portland neighbors to support a more resilient Portland with clean energy from the sun,” said Claire Carlson, executive director, Solar Oregon. “It also makes a great gift with community benefits.”
SWCC is offsetting a portion of their electricity consumption with clean power generation that will lower community carbon emissions. This helps Portland meet carbon reduction goals as outlined in the City of Portland and Multnomah County’s Climate Action Plan.
Learn how to support this project at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/solarforward.
P.S. Understand how solar has grown in Portland over the last 10 years with our new solar map at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/solarmap
BPS E-News, August 2013
Green Spot is a new feature at the SE Sunday Parkways on August 25, presented by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. If you plan to be out on your bike that day, look for the six Green Spots along the Sunday Parkways route will showcase sustainable features of a healthy, connected neighborhood.
"As west coast cities like Portland continue to grow and develop, “green spots” like these are essential investments to create more vibrant and livable neighborhoods for generations to come," said Alisa Kane, BPS green building program manager.
SE Sunday Parkways riders who stop at a Green Spot will learn about solar, composting and recycling, accessory dwelling units, home energy efficiency, the local sharing economy, and food and garden options. Kids and adults can collect stickers and win prizes.
At the sustainable food stop, the Green Spot team will distribute free packets of vegetable seeds, courtesy of a generous donation from Seeds of Change.
Learn how to create more spots in your neighborhood. Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/greenspot
BPS E-News, August 2013
Back by popular demand, the City’s regulatory improvement program is now restored to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s budget, after a three-year hiatus. Initiated in 2002 to “update and improve City building and land use regulations that hinder desirable development,” the program included the annual Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Packages or RICAPs, for short. Focused on practical solutions, these bundles of code amendments provide a mechanism for quickly addressing ongoing technical and minor policy amendments to the City’s regulations.
From 2005―10, City Council adopted five packages of amendments (RICAPs 1 through 5), which resulted in many amendments to the City’s Zoning Code.
With funding for the program restored, BPS is proposing a RICAP 6 workplan of 42 items to consider in the coming year. These were selected jointly by staff from BPS and the Bureau of Development Services from more than 300 items submitted to the Regulatory Improvement Requests (RIR) database.
The workplan includes issues around temporary uses and home occupations, bed and breakfasts, and short-term rental regulations; radio frequency facilities (wireless antennas); fences; and administrative process clarifications. In selecting the items for the workplan, staff did not include items that may be part of the larger Comprehensive Plan Update project that is also underway.
On August 13, BPS asked the Planning and Sustainability Commission to approve staff’s selection of items to be evaluated for possible code changes in the coming year. With their approval, staff will begin their analysis and research during the remainder of 2013 and present potential code amendments to the PSC in 2014 for recommendation to City Council.
Look for BPS Green Spot at SE Sunday Parkways this Sunday
The second post in a month-long series about ideas for the Central City’s West Quadrant
The West Quadrant of Portland’s Central City is a place for work, learning and play. While it serves as a major employment hub for the city, it also offers a wide range of recreational activities, fine dining, nightlife, and other amenities that create a lively civic atmosphere. As a result, the West Quadrant has increasingly become an attractive place for residential development with several well-established urban neighborhoods, including the Pearl District and Goose Hollow.
Future housing development should include a range of affordability and types. Charrette participants expressed interest in targeting particular types of housing in certain areas. For example, family-friendly housing should be targeted in areas with amenities such as parks and schools for children. There are some challenges, however, to achieving diverse, vibrant neighborhoods in the West Quadrant, including available tools to create a range of housing options.
During the West Quadrant Charrette in June, participants identified the need for at least some housing in every district to increase livability and appeal — even in employment-focused areas. There is ample development capacity to accommodate significant new development for housing. But with housing sprinkled more evenly throughout the West Quadrant, better residential services and improved connections to services will be needed.
An example of where this could happen is along the downtown waterfront, near Waterfront Park. At the heart of the city and as the major employment center for the entire metropolitan region, downtown could be a more desirable place to live. More housing near the waterfront could dramatically increase evening and weekend activity in the area, as well as improve public safety and help businesses thrive and attract a diverse workforce.
In the West Quadrant, a great model of a district in which people can work, play and live is the West End, located west of downtown between the Park Blocks and the I-405 freeway. With a diverse mix of housing, employment, entertainment and retail offerings, the West End has transformed in recent years into a culturally rich and desirable neighborhood. While not New York City with round-the-clock activity, the West End features lots of amenities for residents and visitors alike.
Other areas of the West Quadrant could also be transformed into unique places, busy with the bustle of employees heading to or from work — who could also enjoy the offerings of their neighborhood after work and on the weekends.
Creating more residential options and enhancing the West Quadrant’s neighborhoods is just one of the big ideas that came out of the West Quadrant Charrette. Stay tuned over the coming weeks as we feature other themes that emerged from the process. Next up: Active transportation!